Users of Windows and Mac computers, smartphones and tablets are under an ever-growing threat from computer viruses and malware. Taking action means understanding what you are facing. Let’s look at the main types of malware and their consequences.
A brief overview
The term “malware” is used to describe any malicious program on a computer or mobile device. These programs are installed without the consent of users and can cause a number of unpleasant consequences, such as a decrease in computer performance, extraction of user’s personal data from the system, deletion of data, or even affecting the operation of computer hardware. As cybercriminals come up with increasingly sophisticated ways to infiltrate users’ systems, the malware market has expanded significantly. Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of malware that can be found on the Internet.